Indonesian pyramids – just a pyramid scheme?

A column in the Jakarta Globe rounds up the current opinions about the supposed pyramids in Java, and points out the lack of evidence to support the theory and the lack of qualifications behind supporters of the theory.

The Thinker: A Pyramid Scheme?
Jakarta Post, 21 February 2012

Other scholars said the government should pay no attention to the fuss over the pyramids because it had more important things to deal with, such as tackling poverty and alleviating the sufferings of flood victims.

This is not the first time that fantastic claims by Andi have been publicly debated and criticized. Last May, claiming that he had “scientific” data, Andi said Jakarta was due for a major earthquake, something along the lines of a 8.0-magnitude temblor.

The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the only body authorized to make such forecasts, warned Andi not to make statements that could cause panic among the residents of Jakarta and called his statement groundless.

In line with his actual job, it would be far wiser for Andi to concentrate on dealing with natural disasters and helping the victims, especially with floods ravaging parts of the country and volcanoes in West Sumatra, North Sulawesi and East Java showing signs of activity.

Read the full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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